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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Dec 28, 2011 7:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: While the Dead was mumbling and wheezing through 1986...

Huey Lewis!?! I rest my case. Someone cue that clip from "American Psycho."

You mention Prince, but his music had clearly declined in quality since the brilliance of Purple Rain in '84. "Kiss" is a nice song, but it ain't in the same league as "When Doves Cry." Prince and the Revolution broke up in '86. So did The Clash.

I can keep going... Van Halen released 5150 in '86, their first album without DLR, and a poor follow-up to another brilliant '84 album, MCMLXXXIV. They were never the same.

The Dead Kennedys broke up. Black Flag broke up. Dollywood opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Cleveland was chosen to host the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Tommy Lee married Heather Locklear! Need I go on?

On the bright side, NWA and Cypress Hill formed in '86, so I guess there were some bright spots.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 28, 2011 6:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: While the Dead was mumbling and wheezing through 1986...

Life's Rich Pageant?
The Blind Leading the Naked?

I listened to those new release a hell of lot more in 1986 than I did to junky Jerry (and saw REM and the Femmes probably about the same number of times as GD during that year)

I get your point - just don't want folks to think nothing was coming out that year worthy of a second take - like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPts1cPQRh8

AND Root Boy was still performing live. If you never saw Root, I feel bad for ya....